MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, September 28 (PIA) -- A tri-approach at minimizing some three major health issues was launched here on September 27.
Program proponent Councilor Provo Antipasado, chair of the Committee on Peace and Order, said that youth is the country's future leaders but bad habits such as Smoking, Alcoholism, and Drugs (SAD) are destroying them.
"Such habits would lead some teenagers to commit crimes. In this regard, it is crucial to enforce laws and craft ordinances about smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs use. Thus, we looked into establishing this "SAD-Free Movement" in Malaybalay City," he said.
'SAD' means rejection to Smoking, Alcohol-drinking, and illegal Drugs use.
It is a crusade that complements programs on anti-smoking, alcoholism and illegal drugs, which aims to protect people, especially youths.
It was formed recently in collaboration with other agencies and the media to enhance public awareness.
Antipasado said this campaign would help deter crimes involving teens.
In the recent joint meeting of City Peace and Order Council and City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, Antipasado said that Malaybalay City Council approved a resolution declaring every Sept. 27 as "SAD-Free" day.
Guided by the slogan "Ayaw mahimong SAD, para pirmi Healthy ug Happy (Don't be SAD, be healthy and happy)," some 12 to 15 million people from various government agencies, youth groups, and non-government organizations joined the launching at the Capitol grounds.
During the grand launch, youth from high schools, colleges, and universities performed a Zumba dance that reflects freedom from ill-effects of cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
In his speech, Antipasado said physical wellness is better than hang-over and headache.
"We care for the young generation. They deserve a brighter future. Hence, I urge the general public to support and participate in this mission," he said. (DPSDevilleres/PIA 10, Bukidnon)